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Various – Kenya Special: Volume Two (Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & ’80s) (3xLP, Comp)

Various – Kenya Special: Volume Two (Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & ’80s) (3xLP, Comp)


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To many outside of East Africa, the Kenya Special Soundway compilation released in 2013 was their introduction to the full spectrum of the musical landscape of 1970s and ‘80s Kenya. The promotion of Kenyan music on an international level from the mid-eighties onwards had often been within a narrative of ‘otherness’, where releases were marketed as world music, focusing on a few genres with clearly defined sounds, such as benga and Swahili rumba. Kenya Special did more or less the opposite by highlighting songs and bands that couldn’t easily be categorized. Many of the featured songs seemed to bend the rules, break away from existing genres and sometimes borrow from foreign music trends. Whereas the world music campaigns of the 1980s were moderately successful in drawing in young audiences, the more recent wave of reissues has caught on with a demographic that’s one or two generations younger than those listeners that were originally interested in the music that was recorded in Kenya from the 1960s to the 1980s. The approach to musical rediscovery that is behind Kenya Special has its origins in a youthful movement of vinyl collecting (and to some extent club culture), which has, in the past decade and a half, carved out its own niche alongside the established music industry.

A1 – I Can Feel It
A2 – Simba Yuna Nguruma
A3 – Mukurara Nake
A4 – Nakupenda Sana
B1 – Mucang’ang’o Ugiraga Mukindirio
B2 – Jane Jaber
B3 – Mrembo Pesa
B4 – Libondela
C1 – Daina
C2 – Misumba
C3 – Fanya Imani
C4 – Shirikisho
D1 – Nakupenda
D2 – Nina
E1 – Vilole (Maisha Ya Mjini)
E2 – Hinde
E3 – Harambe
F1 – Nseya
F2 – Awengele
F3 – Ewe Mola


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Weight 690 kg
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Mint (M)


Mint (M)


Kenya Special: Volume Two (Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s)




3xLP, Comp

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Folk World & Country, Funk / Soul


African, Afrobeat, Tribal

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